by Nakia P. Thomas
May 6

Valentino Rockrunner | StyleChile | Life, Styled3Fresh off the heels (pun intended) of its success launching the indefatigable Rockstud pump, Italian design house Valentino has launched the Rockrunner sneaker— high-fashion athletic footwear that is modeled after traditional running shoes. Made with materials such as leather, suede, nylon and rubber (and, in some cases, less conventional materials like pony hair and lace), the Valentino Rockrunner is available in a multitude of colors; features camouflage design; and is adorned with a number of rockstar-worthy studs that are fast becoming an identifier of the esteemed Valentino brand.

Valentino Rockrunner | StyleChile | Life, Styled1One of my favorite Rockrunners is the white-on-white unisex version that pays homage to my hometown of New York City, complete with a red heart that was inspired by the “I Love NY” logo. That version was launched in August of 2014, to commemorate the opening of a Valentino flagship store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Valentino’s Rockrunner are perfect for guys who want to dress up while wearing athletic gear–since this is a decidedly dressy sneaker, and is a perfectly on-trend addition to any woman’s normcore wardrobe.

IheartNY Valentino | StyleChileVisit the StyleChile Shop for buying options, and check out the selection in the gallery below. Article by Naki.

Nakia works as a corporate lawyer for a Fortune 500 company, and as a fashion and lifestyle consultant — providing styling, lifestyle management and concierge services for brands and individuals along the Northeast Corridor, from her home base in New York City via Nakia Thomas Creative. Nakia also provides legal and advisory services to clients in the fashion, art and entertainment industries via Stelle Legal, and appears in that capacity as a cast member in WeTv’s Money.Power.Respect., a docu-series focusing on lawyers in New York City. Nakia is a member of the Board of Directors of Bronx Legal Services, and was previously on an Advisory Board for Moore College of Art & Design. Visit for more information.

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